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Dec. 5, 2013 | Elaine M. Grossman | Nuclear Nonproliferation, Arms Control, Disarmament , Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zones , Biological Weapons Elimination and Destruction , Chemical Nonproliferation and Disarmament , Delivery Systems
WASHINGTON -- Israeli and Arab envoys met for the second time at a Swiss resort late last month to confer on the agenda for regional talks about a possible ban on weapons of mass destruction, but some key differences remain, according to sources familiar with the discussions.
Dec. 5, 2013 | Douglas P. Guarino | Industrial Use of Radioactive Materials , Radiological Terrorism
WASHINGTON -- International Atomic Energy Agency officials are considering developing legally binding rules aimed at securing radioactive materials like those stolen in Mexico this week, but nonproliferation advocates argue the effort is likely not enough to prevent incidents involving so-called “dirty bombs.”
Dec. 5, 2013 | Nerve Agents , Chemical Nonproliferation and Disarmament , Chemical Weapons Destruction
An unidentified nation appears open to hosting hundreds of tons of Syrian nerve agents and other chemical-warfare assets as they are transferred to a U.S. ship equipped to destroy the materials at sea, the leader of an international disarmament mission said in Wednesday comments reported by Reuters.
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Dec. 5, 2013 | Danielle Wiener-Bronner | Radiological/Radioactive Materials , Radiological Dispersal Devices
Although the dangerous radioactive cargo has been recovered, authorities say the two thieves who stole a truck carrying cobalt-60 in Mexico on Monday "will, without a doubt, die," because they removed the material's protective casing. Mexican nuclear safety official Mardonio Jimenez said the culprits will "have severe problems with ...
Dec. 5, 2013 | Jordain Carney | Uranium Enrichment , Nuclear Nonproliferation, Arms Control, Disarmament
A U.S. official said on Wednesday that the Obama administration is considering asking the Iranian government to take down part of its Arak nuclear reactor as part of a long-term deal on the country's nuclear program.
Dec. 5, 2013 | Diane Barnes | Sanctions, Nuclear
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday attempted to reassure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that key sanctions would remain in force against Iran's disputed nuclear program under an interim accord negotiated by Tehran and six other governments.
Legislators and analysts are divided over a U.S. company's argument that the future of the nation's nuclear arsenal could depend on developing a new, domestic technology to enrich uranium, the New York Times reported.
Dec. 5, 2013 | Rachel Oswald | Uranium Enrichment , Highly Enriched Uranium , Nuclear Weapons Programs
WASHINGTON -- Construction of a large uranium-enrichment plant in India appears close to finished while building work on a separate centrifuge facility has been halted, the Institute for Science and International Security said in a Wednesday imagery analysis.
A onetime Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist may attempt to reverse his guilty plea on sharing secret nuclear-weapons information, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
Dec. 5, 2013 | Nuclear Nonproliferation, Arms Control, Disarmament
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday underscored the Obama administration's close collaboration with Beijing on constraining North Korea a day after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Yonhap News Agency reported.
Quote of the Day
George David Banks, a Washington issue expert, on possible U.S. development of new methods for enriching uranium for civil exports as a way of constraining foreign diversion of reactor fuel to make bombs.
The lack of policy on the front and back end in the fuel cycle will really come back and bite us on the proliferation agenda.